A record of the changing Suffolk sky . . . click on a picture to view large . . . best seen full screen.

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Sunday, 18 December 2016

When icicles hang by the wall...

We could have some very cold weather over the next month or so. Keep warm, and maybe give a little to help those who are likely to be very cold, such as through No Second Night Out in London or other organisations for rough sleepers in your area.
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Monday, 10 October 2016

Changeable skies

Panorama to the east at about 4.20pm.
Stratocumulus above cumulus clouds, all mixed up together.
Big cumulus clouds lit from behind with thin streaks of stratocumulus above.

An altocumulus cumulogenitus that developed to the east, late in the day. The top of the cloud flattened out due to temperature inversion in the upper atmosphere. Though not as big or powerful as a a cumulonimbus cloud, it's still pretty big. I watched a plane fly underneath it.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Coastal clouds

Some big fat cumulus clouds to the east this afternoon.

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Almost dark

Cumulus, frayed at the edges, in an evening sky.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Cloud metamorphosis

Over the course of an hour or so, this cloud was transformed, though it stayed in more or less the same place, from a streak to what looked like a sheet of snow in the sky, then cloudlets that gradually dispersed.

If you click on the first image, you'll see it enlarged and can go through the sequence.

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Faint and far away

Cirrocumulus stratiformis, very high and formed of ice crystals and super-cooled water droplets, forming a ripple pattern. The smudgy larger clouds on the right are lower altocumulus.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Cold clouds on a hot day

Altocumulus (lower left) and cirrocumulus (all the rest) on another hot day, 31° in the shade. Poor grocery delivery driver said it was 33° in his cab - no air conditioning.

Can't get my head around the fact that it's so hot down here, and heat rises, yet those cirrocumulus clouds will be at least 20,000 feet up, formed from ice crystals or super-cooled water.

Friday, 12 August 2016

Boring blue sky

No clouds today - not one! I've included the sun and some vegetation in this photo, or it would be just a blue square.
The Cloud Appreciation Society's manifesto includes the words,
We pledge to fight ‘blue-sky thinking’ wherever we find it. Life would be dull if we had to look up at cloudless monotony day after day.
I'm hoping for some clouds tomorrow, even if only a few little ones. And some rain. It hasn't rained for days. The garden is parched.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Golden sunset

After a cooler day and an even cooler evening.

Sunday, 7 August 2016


A hot day with mostly clear skies, apart from a few cumulus humilis and even fewer wisps of cumulus fractus, like these, that evaporate within minutes.

Monday, 18 July 2016

Blended colours

Someone took an airbrush to the sky over the horizon at moonrise.

Cloudy ripples

Another hot day. At about 12:30 these neat cirrocumulus stratiformis were overhead, high in the atmosphere (between 5 to 14 km or 16,000 to 45,00 ft) where upward air currents meet high cirrostratus clouds formed of ice crystals, some of which turn into supercooled water droplets. Not long afterwards they'd disappeared, or almost disappeared; just a ghostly trace of a few in small transparent patches in an otherwise blue sky.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Hot and bright

A hot day, even at about 18:45, when these were taken. Streaks of cirrus show that there were high winds at high altitude, while clumps of cumulus mediocris and wisps of cumulus fractus moved more slowly.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Cool sunset

Looking south-east, reflected light on altocumulus bobbles, like fluff.
Sunset streaks at different levels - stratocumulus, altocumulus, cirrus and contrails.
A little later - blue, grey, and apricot.

Thursday, 14 July 2016


The day started with bright sunshine...

Wednesday, 13 July 2016


Big beautiful cumulus clouds at around tea-time today, looking south-east, towards the coast.

Forecast: cloudy with sunny intervals later

Looking south-west at lunchtime, with heaps of cumulus in the distance and altocumulus overhead.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

Cloud fold

Some cumulus rolled over as the sun was setting, reflecting the pastel colours.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Bright and beautiful

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If you ever bother to look at this blog you'll have noticed that it's been neglected for months. This is mainly because I've hardly been outside for months. I intend to get out more. On the few occasions that I have been out recently, I've missed a couple of photo-opportunities. Sitting in my garden the other day, in conversation with a neighbour over tea, I spotted some cirrocumulus lacunosus overhead. I could have excused myself and rushed in to get my camera, but as my guest was in the middle of telling me something quite personal, it seemed rude to interrupt her, so I didn't. By the time she'd finished her story, the cloud had dispersed. Then, while being driven home by taxi along a busy main road the other day, I spotted some wonderful cumulus heaps. I tried to capture them with my phone but it was impossible, traveling at speed and with road signs and other features in the way, so you'll just have to take my word for it that they were magnificent!

Yesterday I went to the far side of the village to capture some of the abundant cumulus clouds that filled the sky. I tried using my small Fujifilm pocket camera's panorama feature but it was almost impossible to see the instructions onscreen in bright sunlight, especially as my sight's not so hot these days, so the result was due to luck, not judgement. The other shots were more straightforward, with no joins.